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(instrumental music) >> for 63 years the u.s. has been part of the nato alliance, but is nato still an important safeguard for americans or is it simply a money pit? >> the nato relationship is enormously important to us. i think it was winston churchill said something to the affect that the only worst thing than, than going to war with allies is to go to war without allies. >> we're dealing with network global threats and if we don't provide a network global response we're always gonna to be on the back foot. >> what we need is not just nato on the conventional defense side, we need a nato alliance for economic statecraft. >> the problem is that it is an alliance that is largely sustained by american defense spending. (instrumental music) >> in a democracy, agreement is not essential, but participation is. >> never before in our history have we been so interconnected with the rest of the world. >> foreign policy is actually not foreign. >> america has faced great hardship before and each time we have risen to the challenge. >> the ultimate test is to move our society f
obama's visit to the country in late 2012. but how can the u.s. ensure that this emerging south asian state becomes friend not foe? >> it's really a remarkable story, burma, of the past year, year and a half. maybe the most positive development we've seen globally, really. >> this is not a revolution of the people. it's a transformation of a regime, self-motivated to transform. > there have been a number of things that the regime has done that have been very surprising so. one was letting aung san suu kyi out of house arrest. >> the problem may be the expectations of the people now are too high. >> the military is a major wild card in this. (instrumental music) >> narrator: in a democracy, agreement is not essential, but participation is. >> never before in our history have we been so interconnected with the rest of the world. >> foreign policy is actually not foreign. >> america has faced great hardship before and each time we have risen to the challenge. >> the ultimate test is to move our society from where it is to where it has never been. >> narrator: join us as we discuss tod
calculation. (instrumental music) >> historically the u.s. leaned heavily on strategic interventions to help counter the influence of communism. >> the reagan doctrine was a notion that we would support those that sought to oppose soviet domination. >> during the cold war there was a polarized world - there was the soviet union, there was the united states and a lot of our interventions were used to block the advance of communism, and so very ideological basis for our, our interventions. >> and the u.s. has long retained the power to intervene at will. >> the united states has the capability, military capability, the power, literally the sort of capability to get things done. in addition it has the moral suasion and it has the ability to bring others along. so with that comes a lot of responsibilities. >> we have to understand the role that the united states has played since the end of the second world war and still plays today and that is as a provider of security, not only to itself, but to lots of nations around the world. >> i think the important thing to think about is that throughout m
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